Hopkins Blows By Navy 10-4 In Quarters

Hopkins Blows By Navy 10-4 In Quarters

Hopkins Blows By Navy 10-4 In Quarters

Hopkins Blows By Navy 10-4 In Quarters

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Senior Paul Rabil and sophomore Steven Boyle both scored three goals and Johns Hopkins held host Navy to just one goal over the final three quarters as the Blue Jays eased past the Midshipmen, 10-4, in the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals at Navy's Marine Corps Stadium. The win, the seventh straight overall and 35th straight for Johns Hopkins against Navy, improves the Blue Jays' record to 10-5. Navy finishes the season at 10-6.

With the win, Johns Hopkins advances to the final four for the second consecutive year and the sixth time in the last seven years. The Blue Jays, who won the national championship a year ago, are the first defending national champion to advance to the final four since Syracuse got back in 2003 after winning the 2002 championship.

Leading just 5-3 at the half, the Blue Jays came out and took control in the third quarter as they outscored the Midshipmen 3-0 in the period. After just over six scoreless minutes to open the half, Rabil broke through when he worked to the middle of the field after rolling his defender twice to each side, found space down the middle and bounced home a 12-yarder.

The three-goal lead held until the last two minutes of the period, when Hopkins got back-to-back goals in a span of just nine seconds to extend the lead to 8-3 at the end of the third quarter. Senior Kevin Huntley's second goal of the game with 1:36 on the clock made it 7-3 as he swept in from the side, split a pair of defenders and found the far post despite Navy goalie Tommy Phelan getting a piece of the shot. Boyle capped his first hat trick since March 4 nine seconds later when he took a pass from senior Stephen Peyser off the faceoff and raced in from the side before slipping shot between Phelan's legs from in tight.

Navy finally broke a scoreless streak of 33:11 when the Midshipmen capitalized on a Blue Jay turnover. After Hopkins goalie Michael Gvozden came up with a save, the Blue Jays grabbed the loose ball, but got pinned in near the sideline and turned the ball over. Evan Sullivan then quickly found Gregory Clement 10 yards in front of the goal and Clement fired home his 14th goal of the season. That would be the only goal Navy would score over the final three quarters of the game. In addition, the scoreless streak of 33:11 marks the 11th time this season the Blue Jays have held an opponent scoreless for 20 minutes or longer.

The Blue Jays milked the final 10 minutes of the game and tallied twice in the final 4:25 with Navy pressuring and double-teaming. Rabil completed his hat trick when he came up with a ground ball behind the cage and raced to the front of the goal before scoring from in tight. Junior Brian Christopher closed the scoring with 46 seconds remaining as he slipped inside a defender along the goal line and fired into an open net.

A frenetic first quarter that saw the teams combine for 13 turnovers ended with the Midshipmen holding a 3-2 advantage. Rabil opened the scoring for the Blue Jays with 12:44 on the clock as he split a double team to Phelan's right, worked his way back to the middle of the field and side-armed a shot past Phelan while falling to his knees.

Navy struck back for two straight goals in a four-minute span late in the period to take its first lead at 2-1. Junior Michael Beggins got the Midshipmen on the board when he slipped a 12-yard shot inside the far post that seemed to be more tricky than it was fast. Senior Nick Mirabito made it 2-1 with 2:17 remaining in the opening quarter as he beat Gvozden from a tough angle. Gvozden got a piece of the shot, but it had just enough on it to find the back of the net.

The Blue Jays appeared to grab the momentum back late in the quarter when Boyle dodged hard to the goal from the edge of the box to Phelan's right and dove across the top of the crease and scored. That momentum was gone before the quarterfinal record crowd of 17,017 had sat down.

Navy, which won 9-of-10 first half faceoffs, needed just five seconds to retake the lead as Mikelis Visgauss pushed the ensuing faceoff forward and raced into the offensive zone before slipping a shot past Gvozden from seven yards out. The back-to-back goals by Boyle and Visgauss in a five second span are the third-fastest back-to-back goals in NCAA Division I history.

The goal by Visgauss would be the last for Navy until Clement's goal early in the fourth quarter and the Blue Jays took control by out-scoring the Midshipmen 3-0 in the second quarter.

Boyle one-timed a nifty pass from Rabil past a defenseless Phelan from the doorstep to tie the game at 3-3 and Govzden then made what turned out to be the game-changing play. Mirabito worked his way in tight after a failed Johns Hopkins clearing attempt, but Gvozden stoned him and quickly found Peyser in transition. Peyser pushed the ball into the Navy zone and dished to Huntley, who side-stepped a defender and blistered a shot from eight yards out to make it 4-3.

A Tommy Duerr goal with 58 seconds remaining the second quarter gave the Blue Jays the 5-3 lead at the half, a lead that held until Rabil ignited the 3-0 third-quarter run with his second goal of the game.

Rabil further etched his name in the Johns Hopkins record book with his three-goal, one-assist effort as he became the Blue Jays' career scoring leader in the NCAA Tournament as he now has 21 goals and 21 assists in 12 career tournament games. Brian Wood (1984-87) previously held the record with 39 points.

Gvozden finished with 13 saves to anchor a Johns Hopkins defensive effort that held Navy to just the four goals on 35 shots.

Navy did not have a player with more than one point and Phelan posted six saves in goal for the Midshipmen. Visgauss scored the one goal and won 10-of-16 faceoffs, but the Blue Jays found the answer at the X in the second half as they took 6-of-8 after intermission.

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Very Similar To The Last Game Between The Two
    by (#136419) on 5/17/08 @6:13PM
That is, it was close for awhile, but Hopkins eventually pulled away little by litte. In addition, Hopkins looked like the better team on both sides of the ball. They are definitely peaking and will be a tough out.

But, congrats to Navy on a fine season. In a year where they had a young team and a first-year offensive coach, they made the Quarterfinals in the NCAA Tournament. Not bad at all!
 
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Come on Ohio State
    by (#156889) on 5/17/08 @6:27PM
Now that Hopkins is in the Semi's, fans gotta pull for a big Ohio state upset tomorrow. Otherwise its gonna be a very tough semi final game. However, the Hopkins team that got blown out by Duke in the beginning of the season is no longer present. Hopkins always goes all out in the playoffs
 
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    by (#144723) on 5/17/08 @10:08PM
w3rd up jhu all the way, back to back
 
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New Pro7s
    by (#198861) on 5/17/08 @11:07PM
Hops new helmets would look so much better if they had used their blue for the decal color instead of the black...
 
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another pass for hop
    by (#117375) on 5/17/08 @11:48PM
i knew navy didn't have the offense to out hop but i thought that they would keep it close but the score which they couldn't. i think navy really needs to find some offensive heavy hitters like they once had to stand a chance in winning a ncaa title.
 
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    by (#192236) on 5/18/08 @2:34AM
Rabil has really stepped up in the playoffs. During the regular season he didn't seem all that impressive, but he's really upped his play, and I think he'll take JHU all the way.
 
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more a boxing match
    by (#168668) on 5/18/08 @12:28PM
than a lax game
for hop, more a testimony to character than to lax skill
though they showed both by one-on-one play and some excellent team offense

questions for me are, what was going on in the face-off circle, and why couldn't either team pass/catch?

good luck hop facing the semi-pro team from Duke (if they get by Ohio State); question is whether Duke will get another year of eligibility if they don't win this year
 
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Let it go
    by (#1248) on 5/20/08 @10:08AM
The NCAA saw fit to give those guys another year of eligibility, why spend the entire year complaining about it. It is what it is. For the record, I think what every player on that team went through during the false rape allegation year is something that unless you've been through it, you can never understand how bad it was. These kids are the cream of the crop, they are at one of the finest institutions in the Country on the #1 ranked lacrosse team in the country and to the rest of the world they were Thugs and Criminals. They were protested, threatened, persecuted and humiliated on their own Campus. They were ridiculed, criticized and blasted by every NATIONAL media outlet for months on end. When it turned out the whole thing was a lie and they were guilty of nothing more than poor judgement, the WORLD owed them an apology, instead they were given back the season that was stolen from them. Personally I don't think it was a fair trade off, I'm sure everyone on that team given the choice would say they just wished it never happened and they got to play out their 4 years like everyone else. But this wasn't their choice, it's always been out of their hands and it's not fair to ctiticize them now for playing by the rules. Everyone on this site was behind them 100% during the false allegation season, everyone felt for them and could empathize with having the game you love ripped from you in what might have been your finest season. Now people want to complain because they were given a year back. Even though they played a handful of games during the false rape year, they were not permitted to compete for a Championship and that's what it's all about. They absolutely deserve that chance.
 
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FE21s comment
    by (#189942) on 5/20/08 @4:57PM
Listen, I agree with you that what happened to the Duke Lax team that year was nothing short of terrible. I can't even imagine how it felt for those poor kids going through that. With that being said, having played college ball myself I remember very clearly the scrutiny that our program was under all the time. When you are a D 1 athlete, you should know what types of situations or parties you should or should not involve yourself in. Don't get me wrong, I was no saint and both me and my teammates had a lot of fun. But at the same time we never hired some degenerate hooker to take her clothes off for shits and giggles. In fact, I don't know if it was any different at Duke, but in my experiences it was pretty easy for lax players to score almost effortlessly. Everybody has heard of em and they're called laxtitutes... But I do agree that the players got the short end of the stick there and they were cheated out of a year of eligibility. However, it is not right to punish every other team in the country by providing Duke with an unfair advantage. Its true that there is nothing anyone can do about it, but that does not make it right. Not for the other teams fighting for the championship, not for the records that were broken by bullshit 5th year seniors and not for the integrity of the game. If Duke wins this year it shouldn't even be recognized. Imagine how good ANY team with a strong senior class would be if almost THE ENTIRE TEAM CAME BACK NEXT YEAR. I'm sorry, but that is flat out bullshit.
 
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what they deserve
    by (#103345) on 5/20/08 @6:16PM
Let me start out by saying that you're right, duke does deserve to have that season back. But you can't always get that, and screwing every other team is no way to do it.
It's true they didn't rape anybody, but the fact is that they were at a party with a hooker and under-age drinking. I won't deny the fact that this might go on at every university in the country, but that doesn't make it ok. Duke just had bad luck in getting crucified before the facts were straightened out. They didn't deserve for that to happen, but it did. It's a risk you take in breaking the rules.
You need to think about what could happen in the future, by the precedent set by the NCAA in fixing college's mistakes. If Duke hadn't been given that extra year of eligibility, it would be less likely that this could happen again. It would be bad for Duke, but universities would think twice before ruining seasons and lives before all the facts were out. Now however, they might be more likely, believing that the NCAA hands out extra eligibility if they made a mistake. It's not fair to duke fans, students, or players, but it's better for the larger NCAA.
On a minor note after all of that, i don't know if they've thrown out the stats from '06, and if they haven't, they should. You shouldn't get 4 1/2 years to put up numbers.
 
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Hopkins vs. Duke
    by (#136419) on 5/18/08 @2:24PM
Duke just crushed Ohio State, 21-10. So it will be Hopkins and Duke in the Semifinals this time. I can say that, if Duke gets running and gunning, Hopkins could be in trouble.
 
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Ballhandling
    by (#74007) on 5/18/08 @2:49PM
I am dying to know if any post-game comments shed any light on the sloppy ballhandling for all FOUR teams yesterday. I thought it was just a coincidence when Both Va. and Md. seemed off. But when Hop and Navy had the same disease, I immediately thought perhaps the bright sun may have been the culprit. Did anyone hear anything?
 
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Ballhandling
    by (#74007) on 5/18/08 @2:49PM
I am dying to know if any post-game comments shed any light on the sloppy ballhandling for all FOUR teams yesterday. I thought it was just a coincidence when Both Va. and Md. seemed off. But when Hop and Navy had the same disease, I immediately thought perhaps the bright sun may have been the culprit. Did anyone hear anything?
 
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Duke will be a tough challenge
    by (#189942) on 5/18/08 @7:44PM
I agree with you that Duke will not be an easy game for Hopkins. However, when Hopkins is in playoff form they tend to play a style that really matches up well with Dukes run and gun type offense. Hopkins is a much more disciplined team than OSU, and they have the ability to control the ball on offense and set the tempo for the game. Like I said, the game will be close for sure but I expect Petro to have his team ready for battle on Saturday. They have been here before...
 
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